About the film


Freeman Dyson at Point Loma

In 1958, physicist Freeman Dyson became a lead scientist on Project Orion, a top-secret government program to design and launch a 5,000-ton, nuclear bomb-propelled spaceship. Dyson believed that he himself would be space bound, heading through the Milky Way, fulfilling his childhood dream of space travel. But in 1961, as worries about nuclear fallout grew, Dyson had to make a decision: would he continue to support the project, or would he testify for the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, effectively signing a death sentence for Project Orion and ending his dreams of traveling the solar system?